November 1st, 2015
My favorite part of being a Michaels Maker last year was designing a tree for the Dream Tree Challenge 2014. So I was so excited when a new tree appeared on my front porch a few weeks ago.
I wanted to create a tree that felt light and airy this year and I was inspired by the Christmas Mantel I created for my house last year and wanted to keep it simple and all white.
So I went shopping at Michaels and found so many lovely white ornaments to get me started.
One fun thing I did this year was add globe lights to my tree. This is the first year I’ve seen them available at Michaels and they are super affordable compared to buying them at Pottery Barn. I love how they light up the tree and brighten the room up at night.
The pom pom garlands are the same ones that I used on my Christmas mantel last year, they are in the kids craft section. I used 14 of them on my tree.
The geometric ornaments added the perfect touch of modern. I created them with lollipop sticks from the candy making section of Michaels – and a lot of hot glue!
For my wall decorations I wanted some extra-large geometric stars. I used mat board from the framing section at michaels. The big one is 30″ tall and the small ones are 20″ tall.
My favorite part of decorating for Christmas is the magical feel at night when all the lights are out and the christmas tree lights are glowing softly. Now that Halloween is over I can get excited about all the fun parts of Christmas!
Inspired to start decorating your own tree? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the other 49 Michaels Makers’ dream holiday trees that were created this year.
August 3rd, 2015
Last year I was asked to join the Michaels Makers team, and this year I was thrilled to be asked to return to the team. Each month I get to create a project using supplies from Michaels, and share the projects on my blog. This year as part of the program, they invited all their bloggers to a Michaels Makers Summit in gorgeous Sonoma, California. We started off with an incredible dinner party at the Long Meadow Ranch. Every detail was perfect, and the food was divine.
So much thought was put into this event, I was truly in awe of everything. And we even made flower crowns, and I met so many wonderful crafters. A shout-out to my people here – Aunt Peaches, Lia Griffith, and Jaderbomb. It was such an incredible evening.
The next morning we headed to unsurpassed The Ranch Above, which had been transformed into a crafter’s paradise by the Michaels crew. The detail and styling was stunning, and all of the makers were beyond impressed.
There was even a giant floating hash-tag in the swimming pool. Amazing!
So many pretty details like these faux chandeliers made from custom picado flags.
Hanging umbrellas, and tented cabanas…
We had such a lovely day of crafting, we took four amazing classes (weaving, watercolor, paper flowers and image transfer) – all taught by Michaels education partner, Creativebug and great news – each of the classes are available online for FREE on Michaels.com until 8/22 (you can re-create one or all of our summit projects)! Here are a few shots from all my classes:
Looks pretty amazing right? It was an incredible experience to be able to go and craft with all of the amazing Michaels Makers and the Michaels team who coordinated everything for us. In case you haven’t met all 50 of this year’s Makers, check out each of our blogs and bios here! They’ll be posting about the summit as well, so its a great way to see more pics! Follow along throughout the year and feel free to create projects with us by sharing on Instagram using #MadeWithMichaels.
And I do have to show off my weaving that I took home and actually finished! I loved learning about weaving from the Creativebug folks (this weaving class is FREE until 8/22/2015). I decided to weave an “L” for Leo and hang it up in his room, that hopefully I’ll get to decorate by his birthday. Weaving is pretty easy, just time consuming. So it’s nice for a little late-night relaxation.
I love how it turned out… a little collegiate and masculine. I’m super excited to get it in his room.
We ended the summit with a lovely brunch, and then a Q&A session with the Michaels CMO. The setting at the top of this mountain was beyond gorgeous, and it was great to be able to talk to the minds behind the marketing at Michaels. I have to say that my favorite part of the weekend was getting to know so many wonderful people. All of the Michaels Makers are so so so nice and incredibly creative. The Michaels team went out of there way to make this event something to remember. Every detail was attended to, and their team was friendly, kind, and helpful at every turn. Thank you Michaels for an awesome summit, hopefully there will be many more in the future!
Check out all the other Maker’s posts about the Summit:
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April 22nd, 2015
Michaels is celebrating every occasion this summer by having the Michaels Makers create gifts, treats, and parties for each of the six holidays this summer. For my project I created this America-themed party scape using so many great products from Michaels.
Notice the fab Marquee Love star and the cute tissue fans from the party section.
The centerpiece is this canvas that I painted using Hazel & Ruby stencil masks and some navy blue paint. It was super quick and easy and I love how it turned out.
Even these cute ceramic mason jars were from Michaels and the cute kraft and red straws.
It’s never too early to get started on your next party or celebration – Michaels.com has more project ideas and instructions for you and your kids to make this year – check out projects or Mother’s Day ,Father’s Day, graduation, birthday and even summer. Let’s celebrate!
To see what the other Michaels Makers created, check out these posts:
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